Top 10 Web Development Frameworks You Should Know About

March 18th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Web Design, Web Design for Beginners

The Buffet Framework

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Thematic, A WordPress Theme Framework

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Whiteboard Framework

35

 

Bones

41

 

YAML

51

 

52framework

61

 

evoCore

71

 

Kohana

81

 

BlueShoes

91

 

Qcodo

101

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12 Beautiful Mobile Website Templates

March 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Web Design

H8.mobile Template

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My Business for Mobile

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1stGiantLeap Mobile Template

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dotMobi – XHTML Theme for Mobile Devices

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Black Mobile PRO HTML

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iSimple Theme

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My Mobile Page

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Simple Mobile template

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iWorld – mobile website template

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iBlogfolio HTML + PSD

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My Mobile Page V2

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Cleary – Multipurpose Liquid Mobile Template

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20 Excellent Examples of Contact Us Pages

March 14th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Web Design

Christiansparrow

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Ctm-argentina

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Nilarian

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Beakable

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Shylands

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Graphicpeel

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Weloveicons

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Lunalunerafestival

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Mintska

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Carsonified

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Ormanclark

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Atelierdetour

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Tvidesign

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Mbdragan

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Electricpulp

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Group94

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Sophie hardach

20

 

Buffalo

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61pixels

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Indofolio

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Top 10 Animal Inspired Logo Designs

March 13th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Web Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Earning Money in Slow Times as a Freelance Designer

March 9th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Various, Web Design
You’ve probably experienced, or will experience in the future, that you have slow times in business. During holidays or due to other factors, there can be days and weeks when you are more or less without work. Instead of sitting there feeling extremely frustrated you should try to use this as a chance to try out new ways of earning money, getting clients and getting better prepared for when everything is back to normal again.
To help you out, here are some tips for how you can turn these situations into something constructive for your business.

Look at similar niches to your own

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Having several fields to do business in will most of the time be a great advantage. Have a look around and think of new products and services to add to your list. If you’re a web or graphic designer there are usually many options available. Why not add logo design, business cards, various prints ++ to what you can do? There could be several things that are very close to what you do today and you may just well have the skills for it already!

Contests and crowd-sourcing

A nice way to earn some extra money while building up a good portfolio can be to take part in contest or crowd-sourcing projects. It may not be a steady or guaranteed income but it’s definitely better than just sitting there. Check out which websites out there that offer contests and crowd-sourced projects related to your niche and get started.

Selling “leftovers”

If you’ve been designing for a while there’s a good chance you have plenty of designs, snippets or images that for various reasons have been discarded. This doesn’t have to mean they’re useless, even if your client went for another option. Many designers have literally hundreds(maybe even thousands) of dollars sitting in their hard-drives. Take the time to sort through all your old stuff and see if anything can be useful to others. Many websites out there sell stocks and templates of different types.

Guest Posting

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The reason why you’re reading this article right now, is because I wrote it. And why did I write it? Well, it all started a while back when I needed an extra income while things in graphic design were quite slow in my area. I started contacting a couple of websites related to my business and interests who offered paid guest posts. One post lead to another and I got contacted by many websites over the next few months. I don’t really have much writing experience, but I write with passion about things I love, like design and freelancing. It quickly became a good source of extra income to me and today most of my income actually comes from writing and tutorials. This shows that if you want to, you can most likely do it. Brainstorm a bit, write a few articles or ideas and try send them around to websites where you think they may fit in. If you’re good at it, and lucky, you can make a very good extra income from this!

Your own website

If you’re having a lot of extra time on your hands, starting up your own website/blog related to your field can be an idea. Earning a lot of money in short time is not very likely, but if you’re patient and do the right things you could be able to sell ad spots for a decent price within a few months.

It works!

Obviously you can’t expect to get rich overnight, these tips are meant to help with some extra income in a tough period. Still I know for sure that if you’re determined, open-minded and do your best, it works. One of my friends works as a web developer and he’s been making custom templates for businesses for a couple of years. When he started to sort through some of his unfinished ideas and some discarded projects, he spent a few hours cleaning them up and two of them became best sellers on Theme Forest. I also know a couple of illustrators that have earned a decent amount of money from logo design contests online, and myself I have sold pictures through iStockphoto and other websites. As long as you spend the time that is required to do things well you’ll be likely to make a few extra bucks here and there.
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Finally we’d love to hear your own tips and stories in the comments. Good luck!
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